Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 07/26/2011

Glenn Beck: Norway camp ‘sounds a little like the Hitler Youth’


Glenn Beck (SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Update: Glenn Beck did not directly address the controversial remark on his radio show Tuesday. But he may have alluded to it when discussing a book about the early days of Hitler’s reign, “In the Garden of Beasts.” Read more about his Tuesday broadcast below.

This post has been updated.

Just because Glenn Beck left his Fox show doesn’t mean he’s stopped grabbing headlines.

On his radio show Monday morning, Beck stirred up a controversy when he addressed the bombing in Oslo, Norway, and the shooting at a youth camp on Utoya island that killed 76 people.

“As the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing,” Beck said.

His words were met with immediate condemnation. Torbjorn Eriksen, the former press secretary to Norway’s prime minister, said the remark was a “new low.”

“Young political activists have gathered at Utoya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about,” Eriksen told the Daily Telegraph. “Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”

Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Beast readers and other writers have pointed out that a Tampa affiliate of the 9/12 Project, which Beck is aligned with, runs a Tea Party political camp for children 8 to 12 years old.

In the same broadcast Monday, Beck also condemned the suspected killer, saying there was no difference between Anders Behring Breivik and Osama bin Laden.

Beck is no stranger to making Nazi references on his TV and radio show. During an August 2009 radio broadcast, Beck played audio of President Obama talking about his position on health care reform and told his listeners, “I am not comparing him to this, but please, read ‘Mein Kampf’ for this reason. ... You see that Hitler told you what he was going to do. He told the Germans,” as The Post’s opinion writer Dana Milbank reported.

The conservative commentator did not directly address the controversial remark on his radio show Tuesday. But he may have alluded to it when discussing “In the Garden of Beasts,” a book about Berlin during the early days of Hitler’s reign, and how America is currently in “the same scenario.”

Beck explained that the media “made excuses” for the Nazi’s actions and anyone who spoke out was “ridiculed or marginalized or rounded up and later killed.” His co-host Steve “Stu” Burguiere added, “And the point here, of course, is not to say that they’ve got gas chambers built in Kansas.” Beck quickly jumped in to stop him: “Don’t start!”

“If we’re living in a society where we can’t say ‘X’ in the same paragraph as ‘Y’ and not be told we are comparing it — ‘We are saying they’re building gas chambers!’ — if we live in that society, we are doomed,” Beck said very loudly. “We are going to be society of gas chambers.” He then explained that a person must “bypass the mainstream media” and go to his channel, GBTV, to have a “real conversation.” Listen to an audio clip of the broadcast at Mediaite.

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Listen to the Monday broadcast below.

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